Pierre De Bruyn Namibia Coach: Showed the world that we are not a pushover

Pierre De Bruyn: Coach Pierre De Bruyn may attribute Namibia’s historic win against Ireland to “quiet planning”, but it will be anything but on a Friday afternoon on the streets of Windhoek.

Namibia’s rise to the Super 12 stage in the T20 World Cup is a historic athletic moment for the nation, as it shows the cricket world that they are “not a pushover” and De Bruyn hopes it will all be “real” when they wake up. tomorrow morning.

“You know, it’s ultimately a dream that’s come true for these players. They were six-seven-year-old boys dreaming of playing against India or Pakistan in a World Cup, and it’s happened. We’re going to have a nice bus journey back to our hotel, and for me, that dream has come true for these players.

Pierre De Bruyn said:

All they had the last few years until now was to watch these guys on TV and dream about it, and they’re going to wake up in the morning thinking it’s real. I’m just so pleased for them,”

Namibia’s other big moment was in 2019 when the ICC granted them ODI status, and that changed the game, according to De Bruyn.

“In 2019 April, that’s when we qualified and got our ODI status. That made a big difference. I had three full-time contracted players. That allowed me to get 16 full-time contracted players. Just that ODI status, and gave us the opportunity to build.

“Albie (Morkel) and myself, we started together in January 2019. It’s been a great journey with Albie. It’s a guy that I wanted from the start. We’ve known each other for over 20 years. We played together. And what he brings alongside me as a head coach, that’s exactly what I needed, his expertise, his calmness.

“Then for this World Cup, I brought in a couple of consultants just for the World Cup. And yeah, my analyst Riaan Minnie, he’s been around for two years. David Wiese, look, he’s a fantastic player for us. His parents were born in Namibia, so he’s eligible to play for us. What David has done the last two games is fantastic to see.”

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Pierre De Bruyn also spoke about how Namibia had to work with very limited resources at home. But hopes things will change, just like after being granted ODI status.

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“But when it comes to the normal resources if you measure yourself against full members. We’re way off in terms of our facilities, full-time coaches, full-time SNCs, doctors, all of that. But we’ve got a saying that we’ve got to find a way.

“As a coach myself, I’ve really made sure that the players and us as a group. We just use our opportunities. We don’t have everything, but these times like we’re sitting here winning a cricket game. Knowing that we’re going to the next World Cup. We know financially it makes a difference. And we can upscale and we can invest a little bit more in our resources.”

Namibia will now be among the biggest and best teams. But De Bryun hopes the teams he considers “easy pushovers” will take advantage of them.

“We are going into that Group B as definitely the underdogs. Those guys will look at us and say, okay. It should be an easy pushover, but I think what we’ve shown the cricketing world. Over the last week is that we’re not a pushover. We’re going to keep on competing regardless of the result, and we pride ourselves to play cricket like that. We are looking forward to it, but we’re not going to be a pushover. We’re going to compete to the best of our ability.”

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